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admin, 24th March 2015
Working together What is the best way for parties to share power? How can you make minority government work? And how do you negotiate a successful coalition?   These are some of the questions likely to be at the forefront of the party leaders’ minds over the next couple of months. As we near a General Election which is […]
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Josiah Mortimer, 23rd March 2015
Purchasing peerages What many already knew about the Lords has just been confirmed by academics. A new working paper from the University of Oxford's Department of Economics puts it simply: the “relationship between donations and nominations [for peerages] has been found to be significant”.   The report has caused shockwaves. Entitled “Is There a Market for Peerages?…A Study in the Link Between Party […]
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Parties on the Edge - The bridge between the Yes movements and political parties
Boisdale Room 1, Loch Suite, Ground Floor, SECC Glasgow ERS Scotland and Common Weal invite SNP conference delegates to join us at a lunchtime fringe event: 

Parties on the Edge - The bridge between the Yes movements and political parties


The Yes campaign gave rise to some new and different political organisations. From online media to think-and-do tanks. These crowd funded and self- organised structures seem to much better reflect the way people live their lives - through technology driven networks and horizontal connections.

Many of these activists were not members of political parties although thousands have joined parties since the referendum.

The Yes campaign can be seen as part of a type of movement politics that is growing across Europe particularly around the edges with Syrizia in Greece, Podemos in Spain and campaigns like the ‘anti-water charges’ movement in Ireland.

  • What should we learn from these changes?  
  • How do the informal movements bridge with state power?  
  • What does this mean for the future of political parties?



Alavaro Blasquez – Podemos Edinburgh

Robin McAlpine – Common Weal

Natalie McGarry – Women for Independence

Juliet Swann – ERS Scotland


Chair: Willie Sullivan, ERS Scotland


Refreshments will be served

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